Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire County Council
Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Gillian Beasley is a solicitor by profession and was appointed as Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council in 2015. She is also Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council, a role she has held since 2002 and is the first shared role of two principal councils in the country.
Gillian received an OBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours list in 2009 for services to local government. She also received an Honorary Directorate to Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University in 2009 for her services to local government. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
During her career she advised government on Children’s Law, migration impacts, government housing and cohesion and served on the various Commissions Bodies in this regard. She also lead on a complex Child Sexual Exploitation case in Peterborough, which helped inform and shape local government practice in this area. She was Chair of a national charity, UNITAS, which helps young people access, participate and progress in, mainstream education and training through involvement with the arts.
Latterly she has been involved in negotiating with the government the setting up of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. With the financial challenges in local government, Gillian’s focus is to investigate further opportunities for sharing services across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, which is the most ambitious shared services arrangement in local government nationally.